Due to the 10th anniversary of REÖK Palace in Szeged, it hosts a great collection of litographies and etchings of the surrealist Catalan artist, Salvador Dalí. The pieces of the exhibition came from the Gallery of Art in Prague, which I saw a couple of years ago on a trip. So obviously, I was pretty excited to see this artwork again. I always admired him, not only because he was a extremely talented artist, but also because he built his empire like a true genius.
The 60 pieces contain not only the master’s work, but also Portrait of Salvador Dalí by Josef Nálepa…
…and my greatest discovery of the exhibition: Václav Chochola! I always loved this photograph of Dalí holding an egg, I even have it as a badge on my bag, and now I got to know, who took it! When I got home, I searched for the internet for more information about this photographer, and I found some very amazing facts. He was born in 1923 in the Czech Republic and he started publishing his photos (mainly of sport events) when he was only 16 years old! He studied photography in Prague and had his first studio in 1943. He took pictures of people like Louis Armstrong, Marcel Marceau and between 1968-1969 also of Salvador Dalí, when he repeatedly went to Paris. Chochola unfortunately died in 2005 but his daughter and grandson became photographers as well and they are handling his inheritance.
“Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy — the joy of being Salvador Dalí — and I ask myself in rapture, what wonderful things this Salvador Dalí is going to accomplish today?“ /Salvador Dalí/